Hi everybody!
I just heard a song in which it says "You had a bad day; you're taking one down."
What does "to take one down" mean in this context?

Thanks for your help!
Pete
PS: Need more context? Here it comes:
Where is the moment we need at the most
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
They tell me your blue skies fade to grey
They tell me your passion's gone away
And I don't need no carryin' on
You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee to go
You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces everytime
And I don't need no carryin' on
Cause you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day
You had a bad day
Well you need a blue sky holiday
The point is they laugh at what you say
And I don't need no carryin' on
You had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day
(Oh.. Holiday..)
Sometimes the system goes on the blink
And the whole thing turns out wrong
You might not make it back and you know
That you could be well oh that strong
And I'm not wrong
So where is the passion when you need it the most
Oh you and I
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
Cause you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You've seen what you like
And how does it feel for one more time
You had a bad day
You had a bad day
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Where is the moment we need at the most You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost They ... like And how does it feel for one more time You had a bad day You had a bad day

I'm not sure about poetic license but it is taking liberties with English language.
OK here's my two halfpence:
A "ride" obviously refers to a submarine (hence the reference to sonar: "You sing a sad song just to turn it around")
Could the submarine be the Kursk perhaps?
"Sometimes the system goes on the blink
And the whole thing turns out wrong
You might not make it back and you know"
Then there is the reference to the sort of propaganda Russia was famous for:
"You tell me don't lie"
In reference to the last action perhaps?
" Where is the moment we need at the most
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
They tell me your blue skies fade to grey
They tell me your passion's gone away
And I don't need no carryin' on"
Or was this about another Russian sub which had a missile bay fire? "You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost"
There was an history of this sort of thing at the end of the last Russian Empire:
You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee to go
You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces everytime
And I don't need no carryin' on
It would seem that all of their "ships of the line" were hopelessly unseaworhty.
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What I need is an explanation of the line "You're taking one down." What does that mean in this context?
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I only added the whole text to provide context! What I need is an explanation of the line "You're taking one down." What does that mean in this context?

It has no common meaning and I have no idea what the song writer meant. It's not always easy to parse song lyrics, which are frequently there to make the words fit with the music rather than to express a specific meaning.

David
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I only added the whole text to provide context! What I need is an explanation of the line "You're taking one down." What does that mean in this context?

Hmm. Difficult one that. Also I have just seen this:

"You're faking a smile with the coffee to go."
Sounds suspiciously like a load of old cobblers to me. Couldn't be code could it?
Inscrutable, enigmatic wodka dwinkers!
So what usages are there for the phrasal verb "to take something down"?

- I took down the garbage.
- Please take me down for the trip next week.
Anything else?
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So what usages are there for the phrasal verb "to take something down"? - I took down the garbage.

This is OK if the place that the garbage has to go is lower than the current place.
- Please take me down for the trip next week.

But only if the place has already been defined. "I'm going to Devon next week and I'll take you down if you want".
Anything else?

There are literal meanings - "When you leave the 2nd floor please take this paper down to reception".
The normal figurative meaning is to write the thing on paper. "I took down the number of the vehicle". So, at a stretch, you could imagine somebody saying "I read four addresses on a poster and I took one of them down". But that has nothing to do with what is happening in these lyrics.

David
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I wonder if the "one" means simply "a person"? The song appears to be about someone who ruins the singer's day, and "taking one down" could be construed as "making a person feel low".
Next week we can review the words of the "Ying Tong" song if I've not fallen in the water.

Robin
Hoddesdon, England
I only added the whole text to provide context! What I need is an explanation of the line "You're taking one down." What does that mean in this context?

I like Robin's and the Omrud's suggestions.
We have a phrase "to take somebody out" in a non-dating sense. It is supposed gang talk for killing someone, but also to take someone out of play in a game or a wrestling match or other contest to take him down. We have the noun "takedown".
In Robin's sense of "depressing" someone, we can say "take him down", but also "bring him down". "Man, you're really bringing me down. What a wet blanket!"
There is the song "Sunday morning coming down", which refers to someone getting depressed, getting off drugs or starting to feel a *** of a hangover. Coming down with something (the flu, a fever, etc.) doesn't sound like something one would actually sing about. A different song is rattling around about "take (me?) down to some old town", but I can't really recall title or other lyrics.

Sorry, but I don't know if any of these suggestions will serve.
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